Watch Noel Gallagher’s Evocative ‘It’s a Beautiful World’ Video
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Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds released the new video for “It’s a Beautiful World,” the second single off the former Oasis guitarist’s recent album Who Built the Moon? The band previously released a lyric video for the song. “It’s a Beautiful World” features Gallagher and his band performing in the studio, with grainy film stock – as well as a montage of archival footage – giving the video a psychedelic Sixties feel. Gallagher conjures that era with the...

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Friday, 26 January 2018
Hear Julia Michaels’ Sleek ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Song ‘Heaven’
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Julia Michaels dropped a sleek new pop song, “Heaven.” The track is the Best New Artist-nominated singer’s contribution to the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. “They say all good boys go to heaven / But bad boys bring heaven to you,” Michaels sings on the chorus. “You don’t realize the power they have / Until they leave you and you want them back / Nothing in this world prepares you for that.” Michaels will debut the track live Friday when the singer...

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Friday, 26 January 2018
Hear Lady Gaga’s Stripped-Down Piano Version of ‘Joanne’
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Lady Gaga recorded a piano-based version of “Joanne,” the title-track from her 2016 LP. The singer wrote the ballad in memory of her late aunt Joanne Germanotta, who died in 1974 from lupus. Interscope Records is making a donation to the Lupus Research Alliance in Joanne’s honor. The new version of “Joanne” – subtitled “Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?” – is slower and more somber than the original, highlighting Lady Gaga’s fluid, robust vocal runs. She also paired the...

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Watch James Blake’s Hypnotic ‘If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead’ Video
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James Blake‘s new song “If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead” is the British singer’s first new original track in two years. Returning to the avant-garde, electronic spirit of his earlier work, Blake’s inimitable voice acts as the song’s main instrument as his vocals are chopped, distorted and manipulated as he’s backed only by distant synths and a metronome. “If the car beside you moves ahead / As much as it feels as though you’re dead / You’re not going...

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Friday, 26 January 2018
Watch Migos Perform Pharrell-Produced ‘Stir Fry’ on ‘Fallon’
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Migos celebrated the impending release of their third LP, Culture II, with a swaggering live version of their synth-heavy single, “Stir Fry,” on The Tonight Show. The Georgia trio swapped verses and hooks on a stage laced with white flowers and a giant “II” prop, hyping the new album. The Pharrell-produced “Stir Fry” is one of three singles from Culture II, along with “Supastars” and the Cardi B/Nicki MInaj collaboration “MotorSport.” The 24-track LP also features guest...

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Friday, 26 January 2018
Superdrummer Chris Dave on Why He Needed to Make His Own Album
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Freelance drum star Chris Dave, known for his work with D’Angelo and Adele, discusses why it was finally time to put out his own album. Dante Marshall Chris Dave has drummed on some of the most popular and most acclaimed albums of the past decade, including Adele’s 21 and D’Angelo’s Black Messiah. But instrumental prowess rarely comes with the same cultural clout as singing, producing or even composing. “If you play drums, that’s what people look at you as –...

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Friday, 26 January 2018
Hear Jack White’s Funky, Experimental New Song ‘Corporation’
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Jack White takes a deep-dive into funk on his experimental new song “Corporation.” The giddy instrumental highlights the musician’s upcoming third solo LP, Boarding House Reach, out March 23rd. White structures the track into two densely arranged grooves, layering clavinet, harmonized guitar leads, operatic shouts, congas, hip-hop-styled drums, stereo-panned shouts and his signature fuzz-guitar tone. By the end, White interjects with a distorted spoken-sung break: “I’m thinkin’ about startin’ a...

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Friday, 26 January 2018
See Missy Elliott Sharpen Morgan Freeman’s MC Skills in New Super Bowl Ad
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Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes serve as hip-hop senseis to budding MCs Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage, in a teaser for a forthcoming Super Bowl ad for Mountain Dew and Doritos. The clip finds Freeman and Dinklage honing their skills with tongue-twisters in front of the mirror while Elliott and Busta Rhymes offer encouragement and advice. As Freeman works out with the “Peter Piper” rhyme, Missy urges, “I need conviction, I need to feel it!” Meanwhile, Dinklage spars with “How...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Watch Kali Uchis’ Wild New Video With Tyler, the Creator, Bootsy Collins
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Kali Uchis unveiled a surreal new video for the song “After the Storm,” featuring Tyler, the Creator and Bootsy Collins. Director Nadia Lee Cohen builds a strange suburban world that pairs with the song’s woozy funk. The video opens with Uchis sitting at a kitchen table alone, listlessly scribbling a groceries list that includes all the staples – plus a lover. At the store, Uchis walks through the aisles with an animated Bootsy singing from the stacks. She also picks up...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
New Study: Music Industry’s Greatest Gender Disparity is Behind the Scenes
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A new study by the University of California – Annenberg School of Journalism finds that over the last six years, women have been vastly underrepresented in popular music. Between 2012 and 2017, 1,239 artists worked on 600 songs. Only about one-fifth of this group were female, the study finds. And the culprit, the findings suggest, may be in the recording studio.  In the group, male producers outnumber female producers 49 to one – a striking disparity that, unlike songwriters and...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Neil Young Highlights 1973 Show, Rare Movies in New Archival Releases
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Neil Young’s Archives went up last week with an interactive timeline that offered fans the bulk of his catalog in stunning sound quality along with photos and videos from his five-decade career. But one thing the archives didn’t have was much music that isn’t already available on Spotify and other streaming services. On Wednesday, however, Young posted the inaugural issue of the Neil Young Times-Contrarian delving into detail about upcoming archival releases. The first package slated for a March release is...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Remembering the Fall’s Mark E. Smith: The Man With Punk’s Most Evil Sneer
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Admit it: You thought Mark E. Smith would be the last to go. And in a way, he was the last to go – when the punk legend died on Wednesday, after 40 years leading the U.K. band the Fall, he took most of the world’s bile with him. “There are 12 people in the world – the rest are paste,” Smith snarled in his 1981 anthem “The Classical,” and nobody’s sure if Smith ever met the other 11. Somehow...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
The Fall’s Brix Smith: Mark E. Smith ‘Defied Convention and Definition’
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Brix Smith Start paid tribute to the Fall’s Mark E. Smith, her former bandmate and husband who died Wednesday at the age of 60. Writing on Twitter, Start called Smith “a true artist” and applauded his willingness to “defy convention and definition.” “He never once compromised,” she wrote. “How many others can leave this life with such a singularity of vision?” Start also shared more personal reminiscences. “When I arrived in Manchester – a young American – he introduced me...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
MGMT’s Pop Adventure: How Duo Bounced Back 11 Years After Debut
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Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT in Brooklyn, January 2018. Ryan Lowery for Rolling Stone MGMT know exactly how the world feels about everything they’ve done since their breakthrough 2007 debut LP, Oracular Spectacular. The psychedelic synth-pop duo – who met at Wesleyan University in Connecticut and crafted their early hits “Kids,” “Electric Feel” and “Time to Pretend” in their dorm rooms – became indie darlings in the late aughts. But they alienated fans, critics and even...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Unveils ‘Post Traumatic’ EP
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Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda unveiled a new three-track EP, Post Traumatic. The project marks the musician’s first new music since the death of his Linkin Park bandmate, Chester Bennington. Post Traumatic is available to stream and purchase, though Shinoda also recorded music videos to accompany each track.  “The past six months have been a rollercoaster,” Shinoda said in a statement. “Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude – for your tributes and messages of support, for...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Grammys 2018: What Time It Starts, How to Watch and What to Expect
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One year after Beyonce’s show-stopping Lemonade medley and A Tribe Called Quest’s electric performance of “We the People,” the Grammy Awards are back on Sunday, January 28th. Music’s biggest night will once again be helmed by Carpool Karaoke host James Corden and will be broadcast live from New York City, the first time the awards have been held outside of Los Angeles in 15 years. Here’s everything you need to know: The Grammys were bumped up a month to account...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
See Lorde, Jack Antonoff Cover Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Run Away With Me’
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Lorde and Jack Antonoff performed a chilling cover of Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Run Away With Me” during the fourth annual Ally Coalition charity show on Wednesday.  Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me,” released in 2015, was euphoric and highly produced. Lorde and Antonoff reworked the track as a lonely piano ballad. At times, Antonoff’s played so softly, the sound was nearly imperceptible. Lorde delivered Jepsen’s lines, alternating between conviction and tenderness. Following the performance, Billboard...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Lynyrd Skynyrd Plot Farewell Tour
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Lynyrd Skynyrd will embark on their final tour this summer, tapping an array of guests to join them throughout the big sendoff including Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr. and Bad Company. The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour starts May 4th at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in Palm Beach, Florida and stretches throughout the summer with stops in Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto and St. Louis. The trek wraps September 1st at the Cellars Amphitehatre at Lakewood in...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
The Fall: 10 Essential Songs
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Johnny Rotten may have mobilized a generation of snarling malcontents, but for those who were a little too weird, brainy and normally dressed to pass as punk, Mark E. Smith was the Messiah. Formed in Manchester, England, in 1976 – “To form a group is the most ridiculous idea ever”, Smith once told NME – the Fall was Smith’s megaphone, a band whose uncompromising mission to be uncompromising led them into new territories of noise, rhythm, and language. They were...

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Thursday, 25 January 2018
Dave Holland, Former Judas Priest Drummer, Dead at 69
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Dave Holland, Judas Priest‘s drummer during their commercial peak in the Eighties, died at the age of 69. He had been living in exile in A Fonsagrada, Spain after being convicted of the attempted rape of a 17-year-old boy and subsequently serving a sentence in prison. The Spanish newspaper El Progreso first reported that Holland had died at Hospital Universitario Lucus Augusti de Lugo but did not report a cause of death. Rolling Stone has confirmed Holland’s death. “It is with regret...

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